• 24 Jul
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Colby College Museum of Art

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits the Colby College Museum of Art and speaks with Elizabeth Finch, the Lunder curator of American art, Hannah Blunt, the Langlais curator for special projects and Lauren Lessing, the Mirken curator of education. They discuss the Lunder Collection and exhibition, which, at more than $100 […]

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  • 9 Jul
    2013

Chinese Qianlong Celadon Jade Censer to Pace Crescent City Auction

NEW ORLEANS – An 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and items from the living estate of iconic New Orleans artist and photographer George Valentine Dureau will be part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14. The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2013

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 25 Jun
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Fabergé Revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis hosts a fascinating discussion with Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art about an upcoming exhibition: Fabergé Revealed. The exhibit is from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is on view at […]

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  • 15 May
    2013

Cigar Store Indians: The Original Tobacco Advertising Pitchmen

In the 1600s, ships traversed the Atlantic Ocean as businessmen in England looked to expand commerce and consumption of tobacco from America to Europe. The tobacco trade connected settlers who grew the crops in Virginia near the Jamestown colony, sailors who transported the dried leaves and the brokers who sold tobacco to merchants and shopkeepers […]

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  • 2 May
    2013

The Kentucky Derby: The Race for the Roses is a Collectibles Treasure Trove

The 2015 running of the Kentucky Derby will mark the 141st race in the event’s history. Annually held in Louisville, Ky., the race is the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown and is considered to be “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and is marketed as such. The history of the race dates […]

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  • 10 Apr
    2013

Ask a Worthologist: The Erté Bronze

Debra B. picked up a figure at a charity auction and has done some research on her own, but she’s puzzled about values for it. Her questions regarding this piece were forwarded on to me via Worthpoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service: “I bid $1,500 on this incredible Erté bronze at a charity auction because I’d […]

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  • 11 Feb
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Hey Wally, What Kind of Sculptures do You Do?

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits with Tony Dow. Does that name ring a bell? You may remember him as “Wally Cleaver” on the iconic 1960s television show, “Leave it to Beaver.” The one-time child actor and more recently film director, Tony Dow talks about his second career […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2013

Damien Hirst’s Natural History Series: Will it Pass the Test of Time?

After a recent WorthPoint article about collecting deteriorating pieces of royal wedding cakes, including a 172-year-old morsel from Queen Victoria’s ceremony, I wondered about other unusual collections. Damien Hirst immediately came to mind, especially since his new studio factory has been in the news this past year. Britain’s Hirst (born in 1965) is one of […]

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  • 4 Oct
    2011

Ask A Worthologist Question: Art Deco ‘Fayral’ Figurine

Anne P. has an interesting figurine that she bought at a silent auction fundraiser last month. She bid on it because it was the only thing at the sale she was remotely interested in and buying it would support a cause she felt strongly about. She’s since had the time to examine it, found it […]

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